The Weeks are a quintessential indie band, hailing from Mississippi. The band is comprised of lead vocalist Clyde Barnes, drummer Cain Barnes, bassist Damien Bone and guitarist Samuel Williams. Ther latest album “Too Moons” is the culmination of their efforts, spanning from 2006 through now – over 14 years. The band brought their Southern indie style to Seattle Washington, to perform their song “Too Moons” ahead of their upcoming tour.
Surrounded by cheering fans, the live show began with some gritty guitar strumming and the group swaying to the beat. Clyde began, singing, “Oh look at me/Show me your hands and maybe I can get to know you better/Talking is cheap/I bet you say nothing and they all think you’re real clever,” The keyboard is used to play rising instrumentals behind the lyrics, and the key shifts to a darker sound with more bass as the group continues, “Everything comes back in waves and the beauty it was frightening/Permanent smile/We sat for a while and it struck us both like lightning.”
He continues, “Two moons desert stars and eye/I was lost there I was hypnotized/I thought that nobody could see all of the things that I see/But she grabbed me by the hand/She started looking at me.” The crowd is shown jumping and calling out to the group. One fan swings his hair and holds up a poster from the show, in his excitement.
The group members remain primarily stagnant, fully focusing on their intricate riffs and solos, whole singer Clyde walks about the stage for a bit, swinging his long hair and getting into the music, “When we were young/I bet we were better than we ever could remember/Probably more fun/Digging up worms with all our dreams of getting bigger/With air in our lungs/We talked about stars and how they’re dead before they got here/Something that was gone for forever but it still shines so clear.” Bassist Damien teases the camera, bopping in front of it, good naturedly. He remained the most active on stage throughout a lot of the show, constantly grooving.
The instrumentals begin to build as guitarist adds additional, “oooh”’s, “Two moons desert stars and eyes/I was lost there I was hypnotized/I thought that nobody could see all of the things that I see/But she grabbed me by the hand/She started looking at me/Well don’t blink end up missing your life/Some are faster than the others so it’s best not to try/Well cut your losses I can tell when I’m beat/Well I’d walk a million miles just to fall down at your feet.”
Someone emerged on stage, and as Damien danced out of his way, the fan stood on the edge of the stage and dove into the sea of people. The cheering crowd hoisted him up. He continued to sing the lyrics to the song, even as he was being held, “I was lost on a path/Couldn’t find what I had I was stuck in your head/Desert eyes looking back.” Clyde clapped and leaned into the mic with a smile, saying, “Be careful! That’s precious cargo!” The was brought back to the stage and continued singing along, “Two moons desert stars and eyes/I was lost there I was hypnotized/I thought that nobody could see all of the things that I see/But she grabbed me by the hand/She started looking at me/We’ll don’t blink end up missing your life/Some are faster than the others so it’s best not to try/Well cut your losses I can tell when I’m beat/Well I’d walk a million miles just to fall down at your feet.”
“Two Moons” is a warm song and the atmosphere of the venue crowd matched that perfectly. The crowd was enthusiastic and tight-knit, while the band was clearly engaged with them. The Weeks put all of their energy into the piece, making sure the crowd was as energized by the song as their group. This is the mark of their ability to pull old and new fans into their sound, all around the country, connecting everyone beneath “Two Moons.”
You can see The Weeks on Tour too:
February 6 – Tupelo, MS – Blue Canoe
February 7 – Starkville, MS – Rick’s Café
February 8 – Hattiesburg, MS – Brewsky’s
February 14 – Cleveland, MS – Hey Joe’s
February 15 – Oxford, MS – Proud Larry’s